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I'm your go-to nutritionist, eating expert and yoga/pilates coach.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More Curry, Less Cancer

Best anti-cancer supplement for your kitchen arsenal?  Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that makes curry powder yellow.  Take between 400mg and 5,000 mg daily. Even more protective coupled with vitamin C.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red Prozac?

Serve up some borscht when you're down.  Our favorite carmine colored veggie contains a substance called uridine that studies indicate may be as effective as prescription antidepressants. Use in combination with Omega-3's for best results. See my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS for more about beets and other amazing vegetable benefits.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Egg Hunt

Did you know the only label that assures you that the eggs you're buying come from hens raised outdoors is American Welfare Approved? Look for it and avoid factory farmed cruelty free eggs!
More about buying everything edible in SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Cleanest, Dirtiest and Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables - The Yoga Coach/The Pilates Coach

The Cleanest, Dirtiest and Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables - The Yoga Coach/The Pilates Coach:

Dirtiest fruit in the basket? Apples. Fruit with the lowest pesticide residues? Pineapples. Keep a scoreboard because getting your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from the so-called "Clean 15" will lower your overall pesticide intake by up to 92% says the Environmental Working Group!

Friday, July 29, 2011

salt vs iodine

You're probably spooning up way too much salt (1/2 tsp a day is enough) but studies indicate we're getting one-third less iodine than we used to (prepared and processed foods don't routinely use iodized salt) and that can slow down your thyroid (nodding off at your desk, are you?). Sprinkle a little granulated nori or kelp on your veggies to get more than your RDA of this very critical micro-nutrient. Read SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS to learn a lot more about sea vegetables and iodine!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Soy calcium--down the hatch or down the drain?

Shake and pour...don't just  pour that soy milk. Calcium added to soy milk tends to settle to the bottom of the carton where it is often discarded rather than drunk. The calcium in cow's milk occurs naturally and is evenly distributed even it sits in the glass.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Incredible Edible Egg | Egg Proteins & Weight Management

Be a vegan for a day. Get your protein from peas (6 grams) not eggs (6 grams) at lunch or dinner. Up your no meat-fish-or-poultry-protein totals by mixing in a some pan-seared tofu.
See my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS for more clean eating ideas.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Healthier Heart

A three cigarettes a day habit puts you at a 60% risk of a heart attack. What habit is good for your heart because it provides twice the fiber of beans an helps lower cholesterol? Artichokes. Try chilled steamed baby artichokes in your next salad.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Beat the meat!

Surprise Finding Hints at Healthiness of Vegetarians | Metabolic Syndrome and Dietary Habits | My Health News Daily

Find a wealth of meatless (and dairy-free) recipes at www.vegetariantimes.com to get you started.
Or read my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Iodine supplement supplies wiped out by nuclear fallout fear - here are the foods that contain high levels of natural iodine

It's easy to up your iodine intake -- eat more sea vegetables (not more salt).Steam them and use in salads, stews, sandwiches and soups or keep shakers of kelp, dulse, nori and other dried sea veggies on hand to use at every meal. Iodine not only protects you against radiation, and protects your thyroid, it helps you lose weight. Learn more about them in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Getting Mugged

Java from scratch --start with the freshest beans and grind before brewing. Use leftover joe to add a flavor pop to black bean soup and vegetarian gravies. 18,000 studies over the past 2 decades have found coffee is actually just what the doctor ordered for preventing diabetes, DNA damage to the brain and helping to lower stroke risk.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Toxic oil, Tasty Slaw

Don't break for something fried. Stale, scorched and fried aromas all mean your cooking oil is breaking down and releasing potentially dangerous aldehydes that can damage the airways when eaten or inhaled. Take a break from oily cooked foods and fix a raw slaw. Try trimming and shredding brussels sprouts and peeling and slivering broccoli stems, toss with lemon, mustard and a little low-fat mayonnaise for an antioxidant-rich anti cancer treat. For a flavor spike, sprinkle in some shallot pepper to taste.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Did you know that Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel did so sustained by chicken soup?
Make your own, using your own homemade stock but cool it uncovered. Keeping the lid on produces a cloudy stock.
Find more soup recipes to boost your endurance in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

True Tea

Don't microwave the water for that cup of tea. Microwave ovens never equally heat the outer water as well the inner water in a cup. Water that is kettle boiled, by contrast, will fully release a tea's flavor, aroma and caffeine.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A+ Fern

Fiddlehead ferns are coming! The first (wild) vegetable of spring, these unfurled fronds which taste like a cross between asparagus and green beans are available for only a matter of weeks in better markets. Don't pass them up --they have twice the antioxidants of blueberries (the gold standard for antioxidants). But be sure to cook before serving them up as a side dish or in salads.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Goobers are America's favorite nut but the best three nuts for boosting immunity (in order of nutritional impact) ?The walnut, the almond and the pistachio. Make your own energy bar using all three. Recipes in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mix up Meals

Eating the same old same old ? Stop. Variety is the key to high level health. Have an ugli fruit instead of an orange, try parsnips in place of carrots, enjoy a baked quince instead of a baked apple.
More ideas in my book SUPER HEALING FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What are the top 25 immunity boosting foods? Surprise--they include mushrooms, olives and potatoes! Read SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS: A complete program to boost Wellness, Speed Recovery and Keep your Body Strong (McGraw Hill paperback) to learn the secrets and the recipes that go with them.

Nutritional self defense for your workout

A good multi contains B vitamins choline and inositol, important for memory, cholesterol control, defense against depression, diabetes and more. Another good source of these nutrients: soy lecithin granules, tasty on top soup, cereal, salad.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Forget that post-class diet soda. It's high in sodium which is linked to kidney disease, osteoporosis and more when taken in excess .Get used to healthier substitutes for salt such as kelp and dulse (sea vegetables). The new RDA for sodium is 1500 mg (2/3 tsp), about half what it used to be. Lots of tips in my latest book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS (McGraw Hill).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Swim Don’t Sit: Sitting (before or after mat practice) not only widens your hips, it hikes your risk of heart disease. Why? The more you kick back, the harder it is for your body to process blood sugar and blood fats levels,  activities that require contraction of the muscles. What workout trumps all the rest? Swimming, concludes a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  Swimmers appear to have lower death rates than sedentary people, runners or walkers.